February 9, 2007 Subject:
An bird-lovers journey through the hills and hollers around Chattanooga ca. 1895?
A gentleman from Massachuesetts takes a sojourn to Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and Walden's Mountain in search of birds, flora and fauna. Spends much of his time roaming the hills and valleys around the area, walking, taking trains or streetcars in order to reach his destinations and describes these events.
The most interesting aspect for myself was his interactions with the locals, "negros", and Confederate Veterans. On his journeys he occasionally stumbles upon humble cabins and their occupants and describes the conditons in which he finds these people, their attitudes and their conversations. He sees evidence of the War Between the States, visits Orchard Knob where Grant's headquarters was located during the Battle of Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. He also vistis the National Cemetery. Many observations made.
He describes the people and his surroundings very well. If you are from Chattanooga and know the area you will appreciate his wanderings and see Chattanooga as it was in the 1890's. Being able to talk to actual veterans simply amazes me.
Negative note, I had to scroll through much verbage relating to his oronthology hobby to get to the interesting material. Still, a neat glimpse into the past.